England Women win their first T20 Women's World Cup 2016 match by 36 runs © Getty Images
England Women win their first T20 Women’s World Cup 2016 match by 36 runs © Getty Images

After an exceptional innings by England Women, Bangladesh Women faced the brunt of strong bowling attack leading to second consecutive defeat in T20 World Cup 2016 by 36 runs at Chinnasamy Stadium, Bengaluru on Thursday. Bangladesh Women did fight till the end with Nigar Sultana and Salma Khatun keeping the game alive with their 5th wicket 50-runs stand eventually going in veins after Sultana was knocked out for 35. Another record for Bangladesh was their highest score of 117 for 6 in T20 World Cup 2016. Bangladesh Women lost wicket early on of Sharmin Akhter, but it was Fargana Hoque and Ayasha Rahman who put up 14-runs 2nd wicket stand that helped Bangladesh to give steady start to their innings. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England Women vs Bangladesh Women, ICC Women’s World Cup 2016, Match 4 at Bengaluru

After the second wicket, Bangladesh felt a similar deja-vu moment experienced against India until Rumana Ahmed and Fargana managed to push Bangladesh to 38 runs in 9 overs. Together they put up a partnership of 44-runs for 4th wicket. But the captain had to leave soon though she played her part scoring 25-ball 19 with 2 fours. Rumana continued until required but due to a simple misunderstanding between Nigar Sultana and Rumana was run out leading to sheer frustration. Earlier, England Women posted competitive total of 153 for 7 despite wickets crumbling as Bangladesh showed tough competition with the help of Charlotte Edward’s first half-century of T20 Women’s World Cup 2016. READ: T20 Women’s World Cup 2016: Charlotte Edward’s knock helps England Women post 153 for 7 vs Bangladesh Women

Charlotte’s fifty came off from 46 deliveries including seven boundaries and a strike rate of 136. Bangladesh’s Jarhana Alam who gave the first breakthrough for England was worth the applause for her figures of 3 for 42. England Women are placed in Group B alongside Bangladesh Women, India Women, Bangladesh Women and Pakistan Women.

Brief Scores:

England Women 153 for 7 in 20 overs (Charlotte Edwards 60, Natalie Sciver 27; Jahanara Alam 3 for 32) beat Bangladesh Women (Nigar Sultana 35, Salma Khatun 32; Anya Shrubsole 2 for 27) by 36 runs.

WOMAN OF THE MATCH (Charlotte Edwards)